Amnesty International has called on authorities in Sierra Leone to make known the whereabouts of the former Minister of Internal Affairs, Retired Major Alfred Palo Conteh, the Deputy Commissioner of the National Commission on Small Arms, Retired Colonel Sir Anthony Sinnah and Prince George Jusu who were detained at the Pademba Road Correctional Centre prior to the attempted Prison Break of April 29th.
Their detention at the maximum Correctional Center came after they were charged with Treason and other related crimes.
“Amnesty International calls for information on the whereabouts of the detainees and the application of standard minimum rules for their treatments: standard accommodation, personal hygiene, food, medical services and other health care,” they stated.
According government officials, Palo and others were moved to a safer location during the attempted jail break in order to guarantee their safety during the incident.
That since the incident took place the location of the three detainees is not known as their lawyers have expressed concern that the prisons authorities have refused to respond to letter requesting access to their clients.
“According to their lawyers there are concerns about the safety of their clients. The prison authorities have not yet responded to their letter requesting access to their clients,” Amnesty indicated.
Amnesty maintained that should it be that the lawyers cannot see their clients in persons due to the Covid-19 preventive measures, the authorities should establish a form of communication to enable the lawyers communicate with their clients.
That this could give the lawyers the opportunity to access the health and safety of their clients and coordinate their defence strategy.
That a fair trial should be ensured by making sure that the detainees have adequate opportunity to prepare for their case prior to hearing.